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Women in Bschool - why are the #s so low?

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Women in Bschool - why are the #s so low? [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2005, 12:24
This is a much broader topic of "why" the percentage of women average around 30% at US business schools. However, I am wondering, as a woman applying to business school, what does this low percentage reflect to hopeful women MBA's?

Are top programs trying to bring business schools more in line with the men/women makeup of businesses getting closer to 50%? Does this hurt the chances of women applying because the percentages of the present bschool population are so low?

Maybe this might seem like a silly question, but I have been wondering about it as I overanalyze my application process :-D . I apologize if this is the incorrect forum to place this post in, but I would appreciate any insights form anyone on the board.

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Women in B-School [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2005, 20:24
Those numbers have to help your chances. As a White Man applying right now, I want to go to school with a wholly diverse group... it will allow more points of view to come into play, and will allow us to consider tough concepts from different angles.

I think regardless of the business community, an MBA is an education and the more different people there the better! After Visiting Sloan, HBS and Tuck its clear these schools are committed to diversity.

I'm guessing that fewer females apply and that is why the numbers are lower, but I'm also guessing this will play out in your favor... and ultimately in my favor too as my learning experience will be more valuable given equal representation.
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Re: Women in Bschool - why are the #s so low? [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2005, 18:45
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This is a much broader topic of "why" the percentage of women average around 30% at US business schools. However, I am wondering, as a woman applying to business school, what does this low percentage reflect to hopeful women MBA's?

Are top programs trying to bring business schools more in line with the men/women makeup of businesses getting closer to 50%? Does this hurt the chances of women applying because the percentages of the present bschool population are so low?

Maybe this might seem like a silly question, but I have been wondering about it as I overanalyze my application process :-D . I apologize if this is the incorrect forum to place this post in, but I would appreciate any insights form anyone on the board.

Thank you!


The reasons that women are so below parity in business schools are complex. My personal take on one aspect of the situation is at "Women MBAs, Entrepreneurship, and Kids." The Catalyst study mentioned in that post deals with the reasons women form a smaller percentage of most MBA classes than men. You may also want to look at the Forte web site or the recent Forte chats at Accepted.com

To answer your question, business schools desperately want to increase the percentage of women in their classes. Your gender can only help you in the admissions process.

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